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RE: offtopic helmet polishing (was Re: rm fails to remove symbolic links to directories)
- From: "Robb, Sam" <sam dot robb at timesys dot com>
- To: "Talk Amongst Yourselves" <cygwin-talk at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 14:23:00 -0400
- Subject: RE: offtopic helmet polishing (was Re: rm fails to remove symbolic links to directories)
- Reply-to: Talk Amongst Yourselves <cygwin-talk at cygwin dot com>
> In science, we have this wonderful concept, called "evidence".
> Observation generates evidence; faith does not.
Nonsense. Faith is based on evidence. Tell me - do you think that
the sun will come up tomorrow? Yes? That's faith. You have your
observations, some evidence, and you extrapolate from that to reach
a conclusion about something you have yet to observe or experience.
> In fact, faith is an
> invitation to self-delusion, since it consists mainly in the
> false inference
> that the apparent strength and clarity of a perception or belief is an
> indication of the accuracy of its relation to reality, which
> is a total
Oh, come one. The basis of the scientific method is *precisely*
the idea that the "strength and clarity of a perception... is an
indication of the accuracy of its relation to reality". Science
is based on our perceptions of reality; increasingly detailed
observations lead to an incresingly accurate model of reality.
If I follow your logic, then I must conclude that both science and
faith - indeed, anything based on my perceptions - are nothing but
self-delusion. Intellectually cute, perhaps, but hardly satisfying.